Garden Court Chambers has appointed Jodie Blackstock, public law and human rights specialist, as its new tenant.
Blackstock has extensive experience in justice system reform through policy, research and strategic litigation.
Blackstock was the legal director of JUSTICE for five years before joining Garden Court Chambers, with a further seven years in criminal justice and EU justice roles.
She was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2003 and she is currently treasurer of the Bar Human Rights Committee.
Blackstock’s interest is in JR and civil action challenges for violations of fair trial standards, abuse and death in custody. She is “particularly concerned” for the effective participation rights of adults with disabilities and children accused of crime.
She brings “extensive” policy, research and strategic litigation expertise to her practice in Chambers, having sat on the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee for four years prior to joining us.
Blackstock also has “considerable” international and comparative law experience, particularly of EU and Caribbean law.
She undertook internships in Texas and Trinidad and Tobago prior to pupillage in 2003, following which she qualified to practice in the English-speaking Caribbean in 2007. She has appeared in local appellate courts as well as the Privy Council.